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Q: DRM for Flash Video ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: DRM for Flash Video
Category: Computers > Security
Asked by: mattieumattieu-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 27 Jun 2006 08:31 PDT
Expires: 27 Jul 2006 08:31 PDT
Question ID: 741480
I am looking for specific information on Macromedia's plans to develop
a proprietary DRM technology that would allow consumers to download
Flash video to own. Please be as specific as possible citing any
possible indications as to when this technology is likely to reach the
Subject: Re: DRM for Flash Video
Answered By: webadept-ga on 27 Jun 2006 23:56 PDT

--" Rather than simply simplifying DRM, Macromedia has taken a
different approach, indicated in today?s announcement that the company
is partnering with Speedera Networks, Inc. to offer secure delivery
via the Flash Video Streaming Service, a service the two companies
have been offering since June 2004.

?The service can now be used for content that is either
revenue-generating or needs to be branded and protected, or both,?
says Speedera marketing VP Gordon Smith. The secure service is built
on Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX and integrated into the
Speedera SpeedSuite platform. According to Smith, the content is
protected at the delivery level, rather than the file level. ?There?s
a rising tide of branded and paid content,? he says, ?but the ways of
protecting it have been complex. We feel this approach is much better
adapted to the needs of the market.?--

Those two paragraphs are from an article on from
last year. This year, from an article posted on 06/21/06 :

--" Adobe recently acquired Navisware's DRM technology to enable Adobe
LiveCycle Policy Server to support native office productivity
documents as well as computer aided design (CAD) documents.

"Combining the capabilities of Navisware in Adobe's existing ecosystem
has lead to the design of a comprehensive enterprise rights management
(ERM) solution for customers who cringe from having to buy multiple
DRM solutions to support multiple file formats," said Aima. "With the
further acquisition of FileLine DRM technology, the capabilities of
Policy Server have been extended to enable the solution to protect
critical business documents irrespective of the storage format and
independent of whether the information transaction takes place inside
or outside of the firewall."

So it appears that Adobe is going to continue to follow through with
DRM technology, and adapting this technology to their file formats,
but Flash is not at the top of the list, and may not be for a few
years to come. Shockwave has a DRM option available, but currently
Flash does not, nor is Flash looked at as a format which currently
requires DRM options.

Adobe has adapted their new DRM technology to PDF format (Acrobat).
This is a good step, because you can embed flash video files into PDF
documents, so you could (theoretically) produce DRM protected PDF
embedded Flash Videos.


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